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Pegasus Bay Chardonnay Waipara Virtuoso 2006

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The Donaldson family have been seriously involved in wine since the early 1970’s and were pioneers of local grape growing and wine making. Their aim is to grow grapes of the highest quality, which fully express the features of the vineyard, and to handle these with the utmost respect. Minimal intervention at all stages from vine to bottle typifies their approach. They believe in traditional sustainable viticultural management, low crop levels, minimal handling of fruit during processing and gentle pressing. Pegasus Bay vineyard is situated within the Waipara Valley, guaranteeing maximum protection from the Pacific's easterly breezes by being tucked up under the lee of the Teviotdale Range. This wine has bee made utilising the traditional techniques which have made the chardonnay of the Burgundy region in France so famous. Virtuoso shows a bright lemon hue. In the bouquet and flavour there is a complex intertwining of fruity and savoury elements. There are impressions of citrus fruits, white peaches, nectarines and greengages overlying nuances of smoky bacon, grilled mushrooms and barbequed sweet corn. One senses a racy vitality and power in the palate but yet it holds this in check and remains restrained, tight knit and focused. While generous it is also austere with a backbone of minerality and a long grapefruity finish. Although this wine is ready to drink on release, with careful cellaring it will develop additional fascinating nuances and improve for 6-10 years after harvest and live well beyond.

Region: Canterbury » Waipara

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Winery: Pegasus Bay
Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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The Donaldson family have been seriously involved in wine since the early 1970’s and were pioneers of local grape growing and wine making. Their aim is to grow grapes of the highest quality, which fully express the features of the vineyard, and to handle these with the utmost respect. Minimal intervention at all stages from vine to bottle typifies their approach. They believe in traditional sustainable viticultural management, low crop levels, minimal handling of fruit during processing and gentle pressing. Pegasus Bay vineyard is situated within the Waipara Valley, guaranteeing maximum protection from the Pacific's easterly breezes by being tucked up under the lee of the Teviotdale Range. This wine has bee made utilising the traditional techniques which have made the chardonnay of the Burgundy region in France so famous. Virtuoso shows a bright lemon hue. In the bouquet and flavour there is a complex intertwining of fruity and savoury elements. There are impressions of citrus fruits, white peaches, nectarines and greengages overlying nuances of smoky bacon, grilled mushrooms and barbequed sweet corn. One senses a racy vitality and power in the palate but yet it holds this in check and remains restrained, tight knit and focused. While generous it is also austere with a backbone of minerality and a long grapefruity finish. Although this wine is ready to drink on release, with careful cellaring it will develop additional fascinating nuances and improve for 6-10 years after harvest and live well beyond.

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